VLV Awards for programmes broadcast in 2019

Now in their 28th year, the VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting are nominated and voted for by VLV members and acknowledge excellence in public service broadcasting in the UK.  

The awards for programmes broadcast in 2019 were due to be presented by Steve Punt of Radio 4’s The Now Show at our Spring Conference in April, but the ceremony was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions. We had hoped to celebrate them at the Autumn Conference, but that will  now not be possible. Under these circumstances we have decided to publish the names of the winners and hope that in 2021 we might be able to reinstate our normal awards ceremony on 29 April. 

The winners include BBC Europe Editor, Katya Adler, and BBC World At One presenter, Sarah Montague, drama Gentleman Jack, radio comedy series The Unbelievable Truth and documentary series The Americas with Simon Reeve. News and current affairs programmes featured strongly among the winners this year with honours going to PM, Dispatches and two children’s series, Newsround, which receives the Naomi Sargant award for its longstanding work in bringing news to children, and Sky News’/Sky Kids’ children’s news series FYI

There was, as ever, fierce competition with many wonderful programmes and contributors to choose from. Huge congratulations to all those involved in bringing such high quality broadcasting to audiences around the UK. 

Best TV Drama Programme                                           Gentleman Jack, BBC One

Best TV News and Factual Programme                        Dispatches, Channel 4

Best TV Arts and Entertainment Programme               Janet Baker in Her Own Words, BBC Four

 Best TV Children’s Programme                                     FYI, Sky News/Sky Kids

Best TV Individual Contributor                                      Katya Adler 

Best Radio Drama                                                           Middlemarch, Radio 4

 Best Radio News and Factual Programme                  PM, Radio 4

 Best Radio Music and Arts Programme                       Words and Music, Radio 3

 Best Radio Individual Contributor                                Sarah Montague

Award for International Content (VLV & IBT)               The Americas with Simon Reeve, BBC Two

 Best Comedy Programme (Radio and Television)      The Unbelievable Truth, Radio 4

 Best Podcast Award                                                      Brexitcast (now called Newscast), BBC Radio 5 Live/BBC News

 Naomi Sargant Award                                                   Newsround, CBBC

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said “These awards demonstrate that 2019 was a year in which British broadcasters provided a huge range of quality and diverse programmes for listeners and viewers. They include comedies, drama and factual programmes as well as notably featuring high quality news journalism at a time when reliable, accurate news is being valued more highly than ever.”